India’s middle-order batsman Shreyas Iyer clarified that they would continue to back the idea of playing freely despite the loss in the first T20I against England in Ahmedabad. Shreyas Iyer was the only batsman to play confidently against England’s potent bowling attack, which limited the hosts to 125 and chased it with eight wickets to spare. The right-handed batsman revealed that India have power-hitters in their line-up; hence, they’ll stick with playing fearlessly.
Indian captain Virat Kohli declared ahead of the five-match series that the world would witness India playing an attacking brand of cricket and with freedom. Nevertheless, the home side could not break the shackles as England’s bowlers pegged them back early by dismissing the top three inside six overs. India kept losing wickets constantly and the 54-run stand between Shreyas Iyer and Hardik Pandya dragged them towards a competitive total.
Shreyas Iyer underlined that India would not change their strategy since they have plenty of power-hitters in the line-up. The 26-year old believes that they have a plan and want to execute to the best of their ability ahead of the World Cup, ticking all their boxes. With it being a five-match series, they will look to experiment as much as possible.
“Definitely, it won’t change because if you the batting line-up we have and the power-hitters down the line, we don’t have to change anything to be honest. We have come with a plan and we have to execute as much as possible because going into the World Cup we need to see to it that we have ticked all the boxes. This is a five-match series, so it is a perfect time that we try different stuff and see what suits us,” Iyer said as quoted by Times of India.
I’m in no sort of pressure to perform: Shreyas Iyer
The Mumbai-born batsman further stated that he is under no pressure to perform and is enjoying his innings by playing freely. Iyer conceded that one has to be flexible in the Indian team and it’s only the mindset and he performs according to what the team requires.
“I’m in no sort of pressure to perform, I’m playing freely, happily, and enjoying my innings. Coming into the Indian team, you have to be flexible with which batting position you will be batting. I haven’t made any changes, it’s just the mindset, what the team requires, and batted according to the situation,” he added.